YMCA of Central Ohio

March is National Nutrition Month

Shop Healthy

Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is essential to every person’s well-being. As a leading nonprofit for healthy living, the YMCA of Central Ohio encourages healthy eating habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks during programs and activities. We also provide families with tips and ideas for eating healthy at home.

March is National Nutrition Month, and the Y is sharing a few healthy shopping tips to help you make the healthiest grocery selections for you and your family. As a general rule, it’s best to reach for groceries that are stocked around the perimeter of the store. Here are a few tips to remember on your next shopping trip:

Opt for Whole Grains

• Check the ingredients list to make sure a whole grain (like whole wheat, barley, oats, rye or brown rice) is listed first.
• Choose whole grains with no more than 5 grams of sugar.
• Pick up quick-cooking grains such as whole- wheat pasta, brown rice or quinoa.

Cut the Salt

• Check nutrition labels on canned, boxed and frozen foods to ensure sodium (salt) levels are below 300 mg per serving.
• Choose real cheese instead of cheese products.
• Consider alternatives to lunchmeat, which can contain high levels of salt, like no-salt-added peanut butter with bananas, or fresh vegetables with hummus.